Virtual Learning Communities in Google Plus, Implications, and Sustainability in MOOCs.

Cita: Martinez-Nuñez, M., Borras-Gene, O., & Fidalgo-Blanco, A. (2016). Virtual learning communities in Google Plus, implications, and sustainability in MOOCs. Journal of Information Technology Research (JITR)9(3), 18-36.


Virtual Learning Communities in Google Plus, Implications, and Sustainability in MOOCs


Two major educational strengths that MOOCs provide are informal learning and harnessing the collective intelligence of the students and the interactions among other users like former students, future students, business professionals, other universities, etc.

These features may lead to the emergence of new sustainable in time educational elements wherein knowledge and learning continue enriching once the course finished. At present, one of the main limitations of the MOOC platforms is the lack of social open tools to enhance and take advantage of the collective intelligence generated in the course.

This article proposes a new model to allocate informal learning and collective intelligence in MOOCs using external virtual learning communities through social networks, based on Google +.

The main aim of this article is to assess the virtual learning community performance and analyze the interactions and the kinds of learning that take place inside the community and over time. A case of study of a MOOC course with Google + community is presented.


Ángel Fidalgo-Blanco ( Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, España

Margarita Martínez-Núñez ( Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, España

Oriol Borrás Gené ( King Juan Carlos University, España

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